Why Prepare the Witness?
Why prepare the witness?
- Favorable Witnesses: The goal of witness preparation is enhanced credibility. It is generally true that how you see a witness in your first interview is the way the court is going to see him. Preparation, however, can enhance your witness’ credibility and effectiveness by clarifying his testimony, reducing his fear, and smoothing his rough edges. (Hahn at 3.)
- Adverse Witnesses: The goal of witness preparation for the opponent is pinning the witness down and preparing for cross-examination. The focus is on limiting unfavorable facts, discovering bias, and eliciting favorable information. (Id.)
- Expert Witnesses: In addition to the factors listed above, preparation of expert witnesses enables counsel, at trial, to fluidly use exhibits and offer testimony in a way that the members will readily understand.